LASFS member Bart Merrigan (b.Louis John Merrigan III, 1957) was murdered on August 22. Two suspects have been arrested in his murder, Kyle Comrie and a 15-year-old boy. Merrigan joined LASFS in 1981, although he was not a particularly active member. His brother, Tim, joined a year earlier as remains an active LASFS member.
LASFS member Marjorie Jennings died on August 27. Jennings published a handful of stories in the 70s and 80s under the name Jor Jennings, including “The Devil and All Her Works” and “Tiger Hunt.”
CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 33, to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, December 4-6, 2015. This year, CanSMOF has added a third scholarship for non-North American residents. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running, a second scholarship is being offered to any non-North American con-runner, with a third scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 9th 2014.
Ohio bookdealer Larry Smith has been hospitalized in Tennessee after an accident while driving home from DragonCon. The van Smith was driving, containing his inventory, was totalled. Sally Kobee is looking for people in Knoxville, TN and Columbus, OH who can help retrieve and salvage books, displays, and other objects from the van. If you can help, please contact Sally at sallykobee (at) hotmail.com.
Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster received the Hank Reinhardt Award at Dragoncon. The Hank Reinhardt Award was founded in 1990 as the Georgia Fandom Award and is given to a Georgia fan who has contributed to the genre. In addition to her writing, Foster worked as an editor and was active in running DragonCon prior to her death.
Fan Ned Brooks (b.Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., 1938) died on August 31 following a fall from his roof, where he was doing repairs. Brooks was long active in N3F, and in 1972 won the Kaymar Award. He was the recipient of the Rebel Award in 1976 and the Rubble Award in 1992. Brooks published such fanzines as The New Newport News News, It Goes on the Shelf, and It Comes in the Mail. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon IV in 1978 and at DeepSouthCon 39 in 2001.
Costumer Toni Lay (b.1950) died on August 28. Lay was a long-time costumer, serving as Program Director for Costume Con 5 as well as the Historical Masquerade Director for Costume Cons 16 and 22. She was frequently a judge and was a member of the “Sick Pups,” the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild. Also a Deputy Chatelaine for the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the SCA, Lay’s interests included science fiction and fantasy on television and reading, as well as mysteries and alternate history.
Unlike last year, which saw a four person race to represent Australasia at Loncon 3, this year’s GUFF race to send a European fan to Australasia has only one candidate. Finnfan Jukka Halme is running to attend Contact 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. It is important to get out and vote in a one person Fan Fund race to ensure the fund remains solvent.
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Fan Margaret Ford Keifer (b.1921) died on July 28. Keifer’s husband, Ben, was one of the founders of MidWestCon, and Keifer is the only person to have attended all 66 MidWestCons. A founding member of the Cincinnati Fan Group, Keifer was one of the administrators of the Don Ford Fund, named after her first husband, the chairman of Cinvention, which raised money to bring Jack Speer to Ditto 14/Fanhistoricon 11.
Filker Renee Alper (b.1957) died on July 27. In 1977, Alper founded The American Hobbit Association, almost single-handedly running the organization for 12 years. She also was the dramaturge for Ovation Theatre Company’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings over a three year period. She has twice been nominated for the Pegasus Award and has produced several filk albums, including Wheelchair in High Gear and Thoracic Park. Alper won or placed in the OVFF Songwriting Contest a dozen times.